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Mana Kai Maui
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   2960 South Kihei Road, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753   |  
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Ranked #14 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
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“Love, love, love this hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I'm not sure I want to rate this hotel because I don't want it to get too popular. I met other people staying here that said the same thing.

Everything here is fantastic: the view, location and staff. Tracy, the activities lady was so helpful and gave great discounts on activities. Artis, the front desk clerk was extremely helpful.

The rooms are very nice though not luxurious. We had both the hotel room & condo (2 bedroom unit) with central air. We didn't need to use the central air very often but were glad to have it. The three fans in the condo side kept the room pleasant most of the time. We ate most of our meals on the lanai. It was nice to have the kitchen.

The view & beach cannot be beat. The lawn next to the beach and pool is wonderful to use. The comfy chaise lounges are plentiful.

I have stayed in a few other places in Maui but this is the only place for me now!

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Stayed here Nov 2012 -

This place isn't particularly fancy, but the value is incredible. We came with about 80 people for a wedding and I didn't hear one bad thing said from anyone.

PRO'S:
- stunning, swimmable beach steps from your room
- great snorkelling - lots of turtles!
- comfortable bed
- modest, yet useful kitchen in-suite
- small convenience store in the hotel for odds and bobs (they also sell booze!)
- water sport centre for rentals on-site
- free use of beach towels - just ask at the front desk. No signing in, no towel card
- close to many cafe's, restaurants, shopping
- safe, clean, quiet
- stunning views (provided you stay on the ocean side)
- very friendly and accommodating staff
- easy check-in, despite the fact we arrived at midnight
- free parking
- free wifi

CON'S
- pool area is just ok (I didn't mind though, spent all our time at the beach)
- rooms need some updating (but again, it wasn't an issue - we were barely in our room)

Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel for couples/families/groups. You get a lot for your money. It's definitely not luxury, but we liked it so much we're returning next month!

Room Tip: Highly recommend getting an ocean-view room on a higher floor.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Forest, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

The room was nice, the beds comfortable and having a full kitchen was fantastic since we were traveling with an infant. But let's face it, the reason you book the Mana Kai is for the view and the fact that the only way to get closer to staying on the beach would involve sleeping in a tent... on the beach.

Air conditioning would have been nice, especially with August's heat, but while some units have AC, not all do.

I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Still basking in the glow of my tan from lounging at the beach at Mana Kai. Good service, clean and great value. Fantastic pool. We had one happy hour meal at the Restuarant with beautiful, freshly prepared sushi that was 1/2 price during happy hour. We also enjoyed a lovely cooked breakfast one morning from the Restuarant but, as there were a fridge, microwave and coffee maker in our room we were fairly self sufficient for other meals so that we could splurge on one of the local luaus ( ours was at the Marriott resort a 45 min walk down the beach and a 10 min cab ride back). rThere are plenty of activities on offer but many require car transport to get there . There is a rental place on site for bikes, boogie boards and other water sport equipment and an activities desk that is manned every day from about 9-5. We also appreciated the convenience of a small grocer/deli on site that was open 7-9 and laundry facility on each floor.
The beach attached to this condo resort, however, is not private so on the weekend it did get quite crowded, but we still felt comfortable and safe as there is an on site security staff provided by the resort that patrols the beach from about 9-9 each day.
We actually had plans to stay elsewhere during our 5 night stay on Maui, but enjoyed Mana Kai so much we stayed the entire time!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Reserved a one bedroom here because we didn't want a full condo while visiting Maui.
We were shocked when we opened the door to this room on our first night.
I could not believe how tiny this room is & how cluttered. The furniture is archaic, I do realize they are privately owned but this was ridiculous. The little TV on the dresser was an antique. The black mould on the ceiling and around the window was excessive. The online photos do not do this room justice as it looks much larger than it actually is. We moved out of this room & out of the hotel & rented another place.
The pool area is clean & the lady on the desk was so helpful.
The beach area is really nice but since it is not a private beach you have way too many people out there every morning & it's difficult to get a chair to sit in.
It was our first time visiting Maui which is a beautiful island & we would definitely return but next time we will know where we should & should not stay!
I think the hotel itself is not a bad place but you really need to not rent the "one bedroom" suites if you want to stay here.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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manakai73, General Manager at Mana Kai Maui, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Sorry, but the pictures attached to this review is a category known as a "Hotel" room, not a one bedroom. The Hotel room is 210 sf, and faces the West Maui Mountains and the parking lot. The one bedroom is 604 sf with lanai and faces the ocean. As we are an on-site rental agent for 48 units here, we replaced all televisions with 32" flat screen's. This unit does not appear to be one that our company manages.
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Tipperary, Ireland
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

The Mana Kai is a great place to stay. Superior location right on the beach, nice pool available also. We stayed in room 206 (both rooms). The unit was very nice, we didn't have any problems and everything needed was included in the unit. Although we didn't cook while there it was nice to have a kitchen for a quick bite, drinks, etc. Housekeeping does and excellent job cleaning the rooms each day and maintenance is always busy keeping the grounds nice. This resort has a small store on the ground floor, rental gear store, activity desk and the 5 Palms. There is also a laundry facility on each floor, not that anyone wants to do laundry on vacation. If you are bothered by noise, room 206 may not be for you. It can get a little noisy with the restaurant and bar right downstairs but they do close fairly early. They also begin cleaning the pool fairly early also, neither of these were an issue for us but I can see how it could be for others. The hotel room alone is nice and has big windows to look out and see the ocean but it still feels like a hotel room (picture of condo represent the hotel room, same decor/furnishing ). Definitely recommend getting the condo. The view and extra space is worth it. Terry at the front desk was excellent, we arrived late at night and called to receive instructions to get into the room. We were on the 7th floor. In the morning this turned out to be an issue due to the height of the lanai. I spoke with Terry and she willing moved us to room 206. Turned out this was a much better room too (the other one felt dirty but looked clean). Our flight on the last day of our vacation didn't leave until 10:30pm and I didn't think to book the room an extra day, Terry graciously allowed us to use the hotel portion of our room until 6pm at no additional charge. The staff at Mana Kai are exceptional and we will be returning for a future vacation. Thank you for your hospitality.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fallbrook, California
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We just returned from a 2 week stay at Mana Kai. The location is just perfect. We had the most beautiful view from our lanai and ended up eating all of our meals out there. The beach is long and sandy. The water is warm and very calm in the morning. By afternoon the wind picks up and the waves appear which is nice for the boogie boarders and body surfers.
The pool was cleaned every morning. There were plenty of chairs both at the pool and on the very green and soft lawn which boarders the beach. Walking barefoot was no problem anywhere at this resort.
The unit we stayed in was a standard unit. It had not been upgraded but was clean and had the same beautiful view!
Loved it and can't wait to return!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 2960 South Kihei Road, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Maui > Kihei
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 62 Specialty Lodging in Kihei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Mana Kai Maui 3*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on Keawapaku Beach, one of Maui’s most beautiful swimming beaches. The Mana Kai Maui, home of the on site rental management program, manages 48 two bedroom condominiums. The resort offers one and two bedroom beachfront condos with a private lanai that overlooked the southern end of the island and hotel style units. Daily maid service and pool towel exchange is included in the rate. Free parking, free WIFI, no resort fees. ... more   less 
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